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The best lightweight gaming laptops

Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA’s small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD’s surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX…

Bloomberg: Amazon wants to build a home robot

Bloomberg is claiming that Amazon is looking to build a home robot that would do for personal androids what the Kindle did to reading. The website’s sources-in-the-know claim that the giant’s hardware division, Lab126, is working on some sort of dome…

The Morning After: Faster rockets, the quiet end of Apple Watch stores

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Welcome to the new week! Amazon, Netflix and others are taking on another subscription service over piracy, the next Doom movie will probably be on one of those (legal) services and we touch on some of the more interesting …

ASUS made a sub-$200 smartphone to fight Xiaomi in India

Having surpassed the US to become the second largest smartphone market after China, India is now the latest battleground for some of the top mobile brands. According to Canalys, even Samsung lost its top position there to Xiaomi as of Q4 2017,…

Report reveals the extent of China’s tech sexism problem

Chinese tech companies like Baidu and Alibaba have been using blatant sexism to attract job candidates and advertising jobs for “men only,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported. “Major companies like Alibaba have published recruitment ads promising…

Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

There a number of reasons why camera-equipped smart glasses haven’t taken off, whether it’s dorky designs, bans or just a lack of practical applications beyond niche audiences. However, there’s a common theme for them all: they need big batteries to…

Iran bans banks from trading cryptocurrencies

Iran is borrowing a page from China when it comes to regulating money: if your real-world currency is in trouble, crack down on the virtual kind. The country’s central bank has banned other banks and financial institutions from buying, selling or pr…

Mt. Gox chief returns as an exec at a VPN giant

Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles may still be on trial for embezzlement in Japan, but that isn’t stopping him from playing an influential role in the cryptocurrency world. As part of an interview with Fortune, the one-time bitcoin exchange leader ha…

Amazon, Netflix and studios sue subscription service over piracy

Hollywood studios usually fight piracy by chasing after software add-ons and free streaming services, with the occasional device thrown in. A paid service, however? That’s relatively rare… or at least, it has been. Amazon, Netflix and multiple H…

It’s now safe to skin your Nintendo Switch

When it became clear that vinyl wraps and other stickers were damaging the Switch, you could practically hear the wailing from console customizers everywhere. How were you supposed to add a personal touch to Nintendo’s machine without giving it a pe…